20 January 2018
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Pope names 4 Chinese bishops as members of the Synod on the Eucharist


18/10/2005
Pope to write letter to Chinese bishops invited to Synod
Pope will personally answer the letter send by Mgr Luke Li Jingfeng to express his regrets for not being able to come to the Synod. Mgr Kondrusiewicz, Bishop of Moscow, speaks about the situation of Russian Catholics, expressing hope Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Aleksij II can meet each other.

01/10/2005
Beijing's "no" shatters the illusion that something has changed
But with his invitation to the 4 bishops, Benedict XVI has succeeded in reinforcing the sense of unity among all Chinese Catholics.

16/09/2005
Negotiations still on for Chinese bishops' Rome visit
Ye Xiaowen, director of the State Bureau of Religious Affairs, tones down rhetoric.

12/09/2005
Chinese Bishops invited to Rome: government has the last word

The invitation has displeased a spokesperson of the Patriotic Association.  But Catholics are happy and honoured. 


09/09/2005
Synod on Eucharist: Vatican-appointed Chinese bishops speak
Mgrs Jin of Shanghai and Li Duan of Xian may have health problems and Mgrs Li Jingfeng of Fengxiang and Wei Jingyi of Qiqihar may be excited about their appointment, but they are all waiting with trepidation what the Chinese government will do. "The nominations are a sign of friendship towards China".



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EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

Fady Noun

A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.


CHINA
Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison



The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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